I need a mpg to mp4 converter for my iPod video, but all i can find is trial software! does anyone know of any free software? Also does anyone know of a DVD ripper that is free?
Handbrake encoder (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux):
VidCoder encoder (available for Windows):
MakeMKV ripper (available for Windows, Mac and Linux)
Free for now while in Beta. DVD ripping will remain free:
Handbrake and VidCoder are two excellent choices, and if you are new to conversions, I’d recommend starting with them.
There are others that have more controls available, like Ripbot264 and MeGUI, but I rarely use them, and then only when I’m making raw .h264 files for Blu-ray authoring.
MakeMKV’s primary weakness with decrypting and ripping DVD’s is the fact that it only outputs to MKV files, but since your eventual target is an mp4 file for an iPod, the MKV file from MakeMKV will work very well as input to Handbrake or VidCoder.
You’ll need to get new beta keys for the program from the MakeMKV forum every month or so: http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1053
If you want another free choice for a modern DVD decryption program, look at TDMore Free DVD Copy: http://www.tdmore.com/free-dvd-copy.html
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2748682]You’ll need to get new beta keys for the program from the MakeMKV forum every month or so: http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1053
[/QUOTE] IIRC if you only use MakeMKV for DVD rips (not Blu-ray), then you don’t need to update the beta key.
The program exits by itself when the beta key is expired, in my experience. I’ve never had it run without a current key installed, or a new version installed. So, I’ve always advised people to get the beta keys.
The author has said many times that DVD decryption for the program would always be free, but while in beta, you may still need the beta keys.